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Applied & Professional Ethics

28 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
17 Master's Degrees Annually
#100 in Popularity
$82,420 Median Salary

Types of Degrees Applied & Professional Ethics Majors Are Getting

The following table lists how many applied and professional ethics graduations there were in 2018-2019 for each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Bachelor’s Degree 28
Basic Certificate 19
Master’s Degree 17
Graduate Certificate 12

What Applied & Professional Ethics Majors Need to Know

O*NET surveyed people in occupations related to applied and professional ethics and asked them what knowledge areas, skills, and abilities were important for their jobs. The responses were rated on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being most important.

Knowledge Areas for Applied and Professional Ethics Majors

Applied and Professional Ethics majors often go into careers in which the following knowledge areas are important:

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  • Philosophy and Theology - Knowledge of different philosophical systems and religions. This includes their basic principles, values, ethics, ways of thinking, customs, practices, and their impact on human culture.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Education and Training - Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
  • History and Archeology - Knowledge of historical events and their causes, indicators, and effects on civilizations and cultures.
  • Sociology and Anthropology - Knowledge of group behavior and dynamics, societal trends and influences, human migrations, ethnicity, cultures and their history and origins.

Skills for Applied and Professional Ethics Majors

When studying applied and professional ethics, you’ll learn many skills that will help you be successful in a wide range of jobs - even those that do not require a degree in the field. The following is a list of some of the most common skills needed for careers associated with this major:

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  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Instructing - Teaching others how to do something.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

Abilities for Applied and Professional Ethics Majors

As you progress with your applied and professional ethics degree, there are several abilities you should pick up that will help you in whatever related career you choose. These abilities include:

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  • Speech Clarity - The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • Written Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.

Who Is Getting a Bachelor’s Degree in Applied & Professional Ethics?

28 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
50% Percent Women
43% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
Roughly 50% of the graduates are women, and 50% are men.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

At the countrywide level, the racial-ethnic distribution of applied and professional ethics majors is as follows:

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Applied and Professional Ethics Students with Bachelor's Degrees
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 1
Black or African American 4
Hispanic or Latino 4
White 15
International Students 1
Other Races/Ethnicities 3

Geographic Diversity

Americans aren’t the only ones with an interest in Applied and Professional Ethics. About 3.6% of those with this major are international students.

How Much Do Applied & Professional Ethics Majors Make?

Salaries According to BLS

The median salary for someone in a career related to applied and professional ethics is $82,420. This median refers to all degree levels, so the salary for a person with just a bachelor’s degree may be a little less and the one for a person with an advanced degree may be a little more.

To put that into context, according to BLS data from the first quarter of 2020, the typical high school graduate makes between $30,000 and $57,900 a year (25th through 75th percentile). The average person with a bachelor’s degree (any field) makes between $45,600 and $99,000. Advanced degree holders make the most with salaries between $55,600 and $125,400.

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Some careers associated with applied and professional ethics require an advanced degree while some may not even require a bachelor’s. In general, the more advanced your degree the more career options will open up to you. However, there is significant time and money that needs to be invested into your education so weigh the pros and cons.

Find out what the typical degree level is for applied and professional ethics careers below.

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Education Level Percentage of Workers
Master’s Degree 12.9%
Post-Master’s Certificate - awarded for completion of an organized program of study; designed for people who have completed a Master’s degree but do not meet the requirements of academic degrees at the doctoral level. 0.6%
Doctoral Degree 72.7%
Post-Doctoral Training 12.3%

Online Applied & Professional Ethics Programs

In 2018-2019, 24 schools offered a applied and professional ethics program of some type. The following table lists the number of programs by degree level, along with how many schools offered online courses in the field.

Degree Level Colleges Offering Programs Colleges Offering Online Classes
Certificate (Less Than 1 Year) 7 0
Certificate (1-2 years) 1 0
Certificate (2-4 Years) 0 0
Associate’s Degree 0 0
Bachelor’s Degree 5 2
Post-Baccalaureate 7 0
Master’s Degree 7 3
Post-Master’s 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Research) 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Professional Practice) 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Other) 0 0

Is a Degree in Applied & Professional Ethics Worth It?

The median salary for a applied and professional ethics grad is $82,420 per year. This is based on the weighted average of the most common careers associated with the major.

This is 107% more than the average salary for an individual holding a high school degree. This adds up to a gain of about $850,400 after 20 years!

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References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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